Kevin Plummer '00
Randolph-Macon College alumnus Kevin Plummer ’00 majored in
computer science and history, and minored
in economics. Plummer says R-MC’s
rigorous curriculum and teaching-focused faculty prepared
him well for a career that is fast-paced and challenging.
As legal counsel to one of the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission,
Plummer provides legal and policy advice regarding the administration and enforcement
of federal campaign finance laws.
Opportunities = Success
“Randolph-Macon provided me a well-rounded education with graduate-level opportunities,”
says Plummer, who lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Leslie Woods ’02
and their two sons.
“I was able to major in two disparate fields—history and computer science—while
also playing intercollegiate baseball," he says. "This diversity of undergraduate
experiences was integral to my admittance to law school and has facilitated my entire
R-MC’s curriculum, including its emphasis on strong
speaking skills, also helped steer Plummer on the path to success. “The
college’s emphasis on smaller classes provided greater opportunity for interaction
with professors who focus on both teaching and research,” he says.
At R-MC, Plummer completed an independent study history thesis under the supervision
of History Professor James Scanlon,
in which he evaluated the voting patterns of legislators representing a Pennsylvania
congressional district during the Jefferson administration.
“Students at Randolph-Macon experience an array of academic
disciplines, extra-curricular activities,
and real-world training, which allow them
to make informed decisions about their future,” says Plummer. “My independent study
is a great example of that. I was able to draw upon experiences from both of my
majors to facilitate my research. And through my numerous interactions with Dr.
Scanlon, I learned many lessons about research and writing that I have relied upon
throughout my legal career.”
Plummer worked for two years as a civilian computer scientist for the U.S. Navy,
writing computer code for the TOMAHAWK missile system, before entering Harvard Law
School. After graduating from Harvard in 2005, he worked for three years at the
law firm of Wiley Rein, LLP, as an associate with a focus on government contracts
law and election and campaign finance law. He joined the Federal Election Commission
“Through Randolph-Macon, I met my wife, made lifelong friendships, and passed from
adolescence to adulthood,” says Plummer, who returns to campus for Homecoming and
athletic events, as well
as any time he finds himself in the Richmond area. “What I learned and the people
I met at Randolph-Macon helped shape who I am today. I would not trade those experiences
and relationships for anything.”
Paving the Way for Success
Rather than prepare students for one career, Randolph-Macon College prepares students
for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. Exceptional faculty work with
students to cultivate their ability to think critically and analytically and to
find creative solutions for solving problems. R-MC graduates are well-prepared for
successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE and Alumni Network
The Randolph-Macon EDGE,
the cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career
Development, helps Randolph-Macon students lead the pack when competing
for jobs and top graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career
coaches, alumni and staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.
Students may choose to pursue paid or volunteer internships in a wide variety of
settings. The Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in academic internships both in the U.S.
and around the globe for 30 years. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and
Career Development, the program helps students identify their interests and matches
them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students throughout their
time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with career direction
The Four-Year Degree Guarantee
The college’s Four-Year Degree
Guarantee states in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree
Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon
will waive tuition costs for courses needed to complete the degree. Currently, 95
percent of R-MC graduates complete their degree in four years or less—an important
value-added benefit for parents to consider when visiting colleges with their students.
Study Abroad programs offer students
a beyond-the-classroom global perspective and opportunities to immerse themselves
in other cultures. Students can choose from a host of travel courses during
January Term and semester-abroad programs.
The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
program gives students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of original research
under the guidance of faculty mentors. Many students present their findings at national
and international conferences.
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